New and upcoming Orlando hotels and resorts offer more ways to stay — and play — throughout the destination.
Did you know that Orlando has more than 121,000 rooms at 450-plus hotels and resorts? With that level of supply, you're sure to find perfect accommodations for your budget — especially given that we never stop adding new options! Ranging from expansive, all-inclusive resorts to high-tech boutique hotels, here's a look at the newest places to stay in Orlando for 2018.
New and Expanded Orlando Hotels & Resorts
You can experience the romance of Spanish Colonial Mexico at this Walt Disney World® Resort property, which is undergoing a two-year renovation to add a 15-story tower and 500 additional guest rooms. Once work is complete, it will also boast a rooftop restaurant and lounge providing panoramic views of Disney's famous nighttime fireworks.
The resort remains open for business while the refurbishments are ongoing, and construction noise isn't audible from guest rooms before 9 a.m. daily. Current amenities include a spa, a fitness facility, recreational activities, and a pool area with a 50-foot replica of a Mayan pyramid and a waterslide.
Located in Orlando's vibrant International Drive tourism district, this newly expanded resort features 653 attractively furnished rooms in a tropical setting. And speaking of tropical, the venue's pool facilities include zero-entry access, a children's splash zone and a sandy beach area.
You'll have two distinct guest experiences to choose from when staying here. Tower Suites offer views of Universal's Volcano Bay water park and the International Drive skyline. If you opt for Garden Suites, you'll have poolside accommodations and easy access to all amenities. Onsite dining, a lounge and a fitness facility are also available.
Lazy River at The Grove Resort Orlando
One of Orlando's newest resorts is home to one of our newest ways to have fun in the water: the Surfari Water Park, featuring dual water slides, a zero-entry pool, kids' activities, a 695-foot lazy river and a FlowRider Double Surf Simulator. The Grove also has a spa, a fitness facility, a lounge and upscale dining.
All told, the resort has 878 residential-style suites in two- and three-bedroom configurations with full kitchens, multiple bathrooms, and even washers and dryers, resulting in true homes away from home. They're located about 10 minutes from Walt Disney World.
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Orlando Hotels & Resorts Opening in 2018
Scheduled to open in August 2018, Universal Orlando Resort's newest on-property hotel will have 600 guest rooms, including 13 suites that sleep five and feature a special interior area with twin beds for kids. What's more, the rooms and public spaces will reflect a clean, modern style designed to be free-flowing and calming. Each guestroom will be fitted with cutting-edge technology to heighten the overall experience while providing you with more time to play.
Exclusive amenities for guests will include early park admission and complimentary onsite transportation. The Aventura will also feature Universal's first-ever rooftop bar and grill — Bar 17 Bistro — providing views of all three Universal parks and Universal CityWalk.
Margaritaville Resort Orlando
Get ready to kick back and relax "parrothead-style" at this immersive resort, which is expected to open in late 2018 just 10 minutes from Walt Disney World. As the name suggests, it's part of famed musician Jimmy Buffett's popular lifestyle brand.
In addition to a 187-room hotel, the resort will feature 1,000 vacation homes and 300 timeshare units. What's more, guests can look forward to an onsite dining and entertainment district, as well as a 12-acre water park, miles of fitness trails and a wellness center. Plus, Margaritaville will feature an innovative water-taxi system that will let you get around while staying in the water.
The Delaney Hotel
Later in 2018, this 54-room boutique hotel is scheduled to debut in Orlando's SoDo district just south of downtown. On top of innovative design elements such as oversized rooms and walk-in showers, the hotel will make heavy use of advanced technology, including digital concierge services, in-room tablets, smartphone room keys, room automation, bathroom mirrors with integrated clocks, and 55-inch smart TVs.
Guests will also have access to a state-of-the-art fitness center, a business center, complimentary laundry services and the on-site Delaney's Tavern. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this high-tech hotel will even have dedicated charging stations for Teslas and other electric vehicles.
Cover photo credit: Margaritaville Resort Orlando
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